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Questions Of The Day - Tuesday, 25 July 2000

Today's questions for oral answer by Ministers. Answers will be published shortly after 3pm in the Headlines Wire.

Tuesday, 25 July 2000

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon. Richard Prebble to the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Did the taxpayer get value for money from the $225,000 Heart of the Nation report; if not, what responsibility will she take?

2. Mark Peck to the Minister of Finance: What recent proposals has he seen regarding the future of New Zealand superannuation?

3. Rt Hon. Jenny Shipley to the Prime Minister: Does she support Dr Cullen's superannuation plan as announced on 19 July 2000 and his desire to have a referendum to entrench the scheme?

4. Peter Brown to the Prime Minister: Do the comments by the Treasurer in a speech of 6 July 2000 and the Minister of Labour in a speech of 20 July 2000 represent her Government's intentions and does she believe the proposed changes therefore represent very significant change to the Employment Relations Bill in the minds of many?

5. Hon. Tony Ryall to the Prime Minister: How does she reconcile her statement yesterday that "No journalist could honestly say that I have discussed matters (that are) before the Police concerning Dover (Samuels) with them on any occasion." with her statement reported today that "From time to time one gets caught up in conversation about it.", and will she now assure the House that neither she nor her Ministers nor her staff have leaked details about the Police inquiry to the media?

6. Helen Duncan to the Minister of Education: How can communities and schools work co-operatively to close the gaps in educational achievement?

7. Rt Hon. Simon Upton to the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: On what dates between 30 March 2000 and 31 May 2000 did she meet with the Heart of the Nation panel, or any representative group of that panel, and on which of these occasions did she express concern or remind the panel of the need to adhere to the terms of reference?

8. Judy Keall to the Minister of Health: What commitment has the Government made to improving palliative care in New Zealand?

9. Hon. Georgina te Heuheu to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Is there any fiscal limit to the amount the Crown will pay to settle all outstanding Treaty of Waitangi settlements under her new policy announced last week?

10. Nanaia Mahuta to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What funding increase has he offered the tertiary sector and how has the offer been received?

11. Sue Kedgley to the Minister of Health: Will she confirm that at the Australia New Zealand Food Council meeting on Friday 28 July the Government will stick to its pre-election commitment to label any food derived from genetically modified organisms, and will not agree to exemptions for processing aids, additives, highly processed sugars and oils and over-the-counter food; if not, why not?

12. Rt Hon. Wyatt Creech to the Minister of Health: What are the specific one-off costs and ongoing fiscal impacts of the proposed structural changes to the health sector?


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